Student Guide: Writing a Cover Letter


Writing a Cover Letter

You are not alone when it comes to answering an advertisement for employment. You must remember that when you respond to a job opportunity there will be about 150 to 250 applicants. When you consider that a majority of the applicants are qualified as you, it becomes very competitive. Understanding this, your task is stand out and get noticed. A good cover letter tailored to the specific company will get you a great deal of attention as possible new team member. Bottom line all job seekers that want to get employed in their field of interest, fast, must provide a detail company specific cover letter.

The ideal cover letter will be specific for each employment opportunity. A basic or general cover letter may be industry related, however it will be regarded as a sign of laziness and half effort. In the past you might have been able to get away with a general cover letter. With today's technology a general cover letter will be destined to the pile of do not call. This is not you objective.

The purpose of your cover letter is to convey to the reader how you can help them solve their problem. Make a good cover letter that will give you an opportunity to emphasize what you have to contribute to the company or organization. In short your cover letter will tell the reader how you can help them.

The purpose of your cover letter is to convey to the reader how you can help them solve their problem. Make a good cover letter that will give you an opportunity to emphasize what you have to contribute to the company or organization. In short your cover letter will tell the reader how you can help them.

To write a specific cover letter you must do some research on the company that has the job opening. You can gather your information from a search on the internet. Annual report, calls them and ask for brochures, talk with employees of the company or check with human resources for an application.

Each approach will gather you information that will be useful in the cover letter as well as the interview. Once armed with this information you become a valuable asset.

Basic Items

Here are some basic items to consider when composing your cover letter. The most important issue is no spelling or typing errors. This will negate all your hard work so have at least two people proof read your finished document.

Another important item to remember is to address your letter to the person who will hire you. If this is not possible then address the letter to the person who will be interviewing you. You must write this letter, not a service or a friend.

The interviewer will be able to tell if these are your words, so be smart and put your best foot forward. Because you did research on the company you will be prepared with terms and phrases that will be meaningful to the employer. This information can be garnered from the ad itself or your research.


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